The Festival Of Britain

The Festival of Britain in 1951 isn’t something I know a lot about. However something drew my attention to it recently and I remembered I had a couple of postcards in my collection and dug out the following:

South Bank Exhibition from the North Bank, Festival of Britain 1951

South Bank Exhibition from the North Bank, Festival of Britain 1951

Power and Production, South Bank Exhibition, Festival of Britain 1951

Power and Production, South Bank Exhibition, Festival of Britain 1951

Seeing these brought back memories of a glass dish/ashtray that I keep at the back of a kitchen cupboard! Sorry about the quality of the photographs, I have no idea how best to capture the image of an engraved glass object! It has been in my family as long as I can remember. I guess that my parents went to the Festival and bought it. Either that, or someone else went along and bought it back as a gift for them.

Festival of Britain 1951 Glass dish/ashtray

Festival of Britain 1951
Glass dish/ashtray

Festival of Britain 1951 Souvenir

Festival of Britain 1951
Souvenir

This piqued my curiosity and I looked through some old history magazines. It would appear the Festival of Britain was aimed to present all that was good about Britain, coming as it did just a few years after the end of World War 2 when rationing was still in place. It was designed to give a ‘pat on the back’ to Britain and raise spirits.

It proved a success, with over eight and a half million visitors to the South Bank Exhibition.

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